The Sun and the Wind


Aesop was an ancient Greek myth maker. He is considered to be the founder of the literary genre that today is called parable or allegory, the undoubted father of the ancient myth. He is also considered to be the best of what is called educative mythology. There are no specific and precise information about his life and actually many even doubt his existence.
In this particular myth Aesop uses as his characters, two of natureís elements, the sun and the wind. The two of them are arguing about who is stronger. Then a man comes along. His only mission is to be used as a proof of superiority when they decide that the criterion for who is stronger will be the undressing of the man. Each one attempts with his means. The first one to try is the wind. He blows with all his strength but his efforts are fruitless. He only manages to force the man to cover up more with his clothes in order to protect himself from the cold. Trying next is the sun. He covers the man with light and warmth and manages to obtain the target, winning the battle. Aesop is building an ambiguous myth. In a first level he juxtaposes the elements of the nature and the man. This way he emphasizes on the smallness of the man compared to the grandeur of the nature. In a second level he contrasts the good with the bad, the violence with the serenity coming to a conclusion that the virtuous and peaceful path is the most effective.
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